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Meaning of "an axe to grind" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF AN AXE TO GRIND

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WHAT DOES AN AXE TO GRIND MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of an axe to grind in the English dictionary

The first definition of an axe to grind in the dictionary is an ulterior motive. Other definition of an axe to grind is a grievance. An axe to grind is also a pet subject.


WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE AN AXE TO GRIND

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an ace up one´s sleeve
an arm and a leg
an eye for an eye
an iron fist
an iron fist in a velvet glove
An Lu Shan
an open book
an overgrown child
an´t
ana
anabaena
anabantid
Anabaptism
Anabaptist
anabaptistic
anabaptize
anabas
anabases
anabasis

WORDS THAT END LIKE AN AXE TO GRIND

Amerind
bacon rind
behind
bind
blind
call to mind
find
grind
have in the wind
kind
mankind
mill-rind
mind
one-of-a-kind
regrind
remind
rind
Sind
tamarind
wind

Synonyms and antonyms of an axe to grind in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «AN AXE TO GRIND»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «an axe to grind» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of an axe to grind

Translation of «an axe to grind» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF AN AXE TO GRIND

Find out the translation of an axe to grind to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of an axe to grind from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «an axe to grind» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

私心
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

un hacha para moler
570 millions of speakers

English

an axe to grind
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

एक कुल्हाड़ी पीसने के लिए
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

بفأس لطحن
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

с корыстной целью
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

um machado para moer
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

একটি কুঁড়ি চূর্ণনশব্দ
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

une hache à moudre
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Kapak untuk mengisar
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

eine Axt zu schleifen
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

斧は挽くために
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

도끼 는 갈기
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Kapak kanggo nggiling
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

một cái rìu để xay
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

அரைக்க ஒரு கோடாரி
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

दमवणारा एक कुंड
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Eziyet etmek için bir balta
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

un´ascia per macinare
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

siekiera do mielenia
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

з корисливою метою
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

un topor pentru a se pisa
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

ένα τσεκούρι για το τρόχισμα
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

´n byl te slyp
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

en yxa att slipa
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

en øks å slipe
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of an axe to grind

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «AN AXE TO GRIND»

The term «an axe to grind» is very widely used and occupies the 21.289 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «AN AXE TO GRIND» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about an axe to grind

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «AN AXE TO GRIND»

Discover the use of an axe to grind in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to an axe to grind and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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An Axe to Grind
She almost comes to a dead end, when his beloved MG is found in the lagoon on the Santa Barbara college campus. F. M. Meredith's first home was in a neighborhood filled with police officer's and their families.
F. M. Meredith, 2010
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The Role of Dictionary Use in the Comprehension of Idiom ...
gLms' 30 To have one's own axe to grind 30 No idea 31 To have an axe to grind 31 Mice trudny orzech do ggrgienia 32 Have an axe to grind 32 Cope with sth; zmierzyc' sie 2 czyms', znosic' cos' 33 To have an axe to grind 33 Mieé swoje ...
Renata Szczepaniak, 2006
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An Axe to Grind
"You're the brains, Feathers, always have been.
Robert Wallace, 1999
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The Proverbial Bernard Shaw: An Index to Proverbs in the ...
(210, p. 40, 1918) DAP, 27. AXE: 1. Apparently no man in America meddles with politics unless he has an axe to grind at them. (058, p. 76, 1885) ... the way to set a man to work. . . is to give him an axe to grind. . . . But there are axes and axes.
George B. Bryan, Wolfgang Mieder, 1994
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The Guardian
"AN AXE TO GRIND." ORIGIN OP THE TERM. "When I was a little boy," says Dr. Franklin, "I rememberone cold winter morning I was accosted by a smiling man with an axe on his shoulder." " Mypretty boy," said be, " has your father a ...
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A Dictionary of Anglo-American Proverbs & Proverbial ...
To have an axe to grind (APP 10; ODEP 24; EAP 14; MP 21; DAP 32) 1843 Song title: "Axes to Grind" Hutchinson Family. Boston: Oliver Ditson and Company, 1843. 1888 not because he had any political axe to grind. (p. 73) Nye, Edgar W. Bill ...
George B. Bryan, Wolfgang Mieder, 2005
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Fostering Language Teaching Efficiency through Cognitive ...
In the type of variation mainly dealt with by Moon (variants to a greater or lesser degree institutionalised), she underlines the persistence of a “frozen nucleus” across variants: have an axe to grind have no axe to grind with an axe to grind ...
Sabine De Knop, Frank Boers, Antoon De Rycker, 2010
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Popular Science
SHARPENING AXES [HANDY MAN] If you have an axe to grind, here are some tips on how to go about it. They are recommended by the Norton Company, of Worcester, Mass., makers of abrasives and grinding wheels. Sharpen the axe on a ...
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Mom, Dad, I'm an Atheist - The Guide to Coming Out as a ...
A.T. turned to me and said, “I need to word this carefully... you wouldn't fit in with our department's milieu because you are an atheist activist with an axe to grind.” I was stunned. I told her that the assumption was a ridiculous one, and even ...
David G McAfee, 2012
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Untitled
"idiom have an axe to grind to have a strong opinion about something, which you often try to persuade other people is correct: Environmentalists have no political axe to grind - they just want to save the planet. "verb [T] to reduce services, jobs, ...

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «AN AXE TO GRIND»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term an axe to grind is used in the context of the following news items.
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Calgary's weedy whiner pestering city's 311 complaint lines with …
... number of complaints one curmudgeon can make, 311 and Bylaw Services will remain at the beck and call of anyone with an axe to grind. «Calgary Sun, Jul 15»
2
What's in the stars?
Some people have an axe to grind. They are resentful about something. Therefore, they will use today's energy to get things out into the open ... «The Province, Jul 15»
3
Sri Lanka COPE chief rejects bias charge over bond probe; defends …
Media reports also suggested that the UNP junior minister had alleged that Wijewardene had an axe to grind against current Governor Arjuna ... «EconomyNext, Jul 15»
4
No to Hillary
She has harbored a resentment of the defeat of her health care plan as first lady. Do we want a president with an axe to grind? Does America ... «The Virginian-Pilot, Jul 15»
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Media freedom fears under new cyberbullying law
... that the news media should be exempt, and now the media fear the new law will be used against them by those with an axe to grind. «Radio New Zealand, Jul 15»
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German-Greek couples embrace love in the time of crisis
"The people making those kinds of jokes have an axe to grind and they take it (their anger about Greece) out on me," he says. Back in ... «Kathimerini, Jul 15»
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Even the Most Virulent of Internet Scuffle-starters Can (Maybe) Be …
Looking through the rest of them, he clearly had an axe to grind, but Jim Fucking Sterling Son had somewhat invigorated me to have fisticuffs ... «Destructoid, Jul 15»
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WB's Padma case appeal to be heard by SC
... criminal case, to allow the defence to scrutinise a police investigation for using unreliable witnesses, such as those with an axe to grind, or for ... «Prothom Alo, Jul 15»
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My Saved reviews
Moreover, she also has an axe to grind against Biloo. He would bring women and have sex with them in their bedroom, while his wife was ... «Times of India, Jul 15»
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Freshghana.com At It Again
... identified, but it is very clear that they have an axe to grind with the paper, which is out there only to carry out its constitutional mandate. «AllAfrica.com, Jul 15»

REFERENCE
« EDUCALINGO. An axe to grind [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/an-axe-to-grind>. Jun 2019 ».
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